Latest posts by Fairygirl

whats seeds are you growing right now.

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 20:08

They're hardy, so don't need protection, other than from really wet, windy weather while they're small. Having them outside stops them growing too quickly and softly, and is the best way to grow them. They germinate more slowly and make stronger plants.

However, if you've been growing them inside, keep pinching them out or they'll just get leggy and weak, and gradually get them hardened off a bit.   You want strong, bushy plants when you get them out in their final positions. That way, they'll be less susceptible to slug attacks, and will grow on well. 

Sweet Peas

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 18:48

Splendid!  Don't cosset them too much - they don't need it. You can give them plenty of attention by means of food and water once they're in their final positions 

Dead lawn

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 18:15

I'd agree totally Liri - and if it was turfed, which it seems to be,  it probably hasn't had much decent contact with any soil that is there.

Please help - fence disaster!

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 18:12

A solid barrier is no match for strong winds. There has to be gaps between the planks - whether they're vertical or horizontal - to let wind filter through. Planting on the inside will benefit from the shelter too, and shrubs or hedging will add to the baffling effect as well as giving privacy. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 18:03

That's what I think of Dove - or more usually, the kind that go in a staple gun. A vital piece of equipment for us at work. It's hard to believe how difficult it can be to get theright staples and staplers too!

No chance of the weather being good Liri - it's to be snowing, sleeting or raining - or all three depending on height! I may change my mind  

I love the sound of your veg bake too  

Got out for a quick hour's walk 'round the doors', after doing a few bits and bobs outside. Fatty McFatface was getting peeved at me as I was near the food he wanted   

Last edited: 25 February 2017 18:05:18

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 17:58

Ooh err missus....  ...oh - I see what you  mean Hosta...

I really hope you get them nesting  

What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 14:41
hogweed says:

i have been drawn to orange plants - should I be concerned? 

See original post


Fab with deep purple. Love them - theplants, not the band ...

Hostas - you Hosta? Never....

I've just bought more white hellebores. All will be revealed at a later date as I have a cunning plan...

Dead lawn

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 14:39

I'm not fanatical about my 'grass', but it gets a weed and feed in spring and regularly cut - not too short. The odd bit of scarifying and an extra feed later in the summer, if I can be bothered, or remember. It always looks healthy and happy. No watering - the sky does that  - frequently  

Right now, the front consists of mainly moss (north west facing) and the back (south-ish facing) looks like a heap of sh**e, but in a few months, all will be rosy. Well -  it'll be green....

Raised beds - best method of construction?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 14:32


Yes - 30cm is a foot - whatever school you went to  

It's like timber merchants and builders - all the wood's 2.4 metres, 3.6 metres in length, and 100mm or 150mmm width etc, but then you get 2 by 2 which is inches....


Did you mean my raised beds or is there a photo of the OP's that I've missed too?    

Last edited: 25 February 2017 14:34:08

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 14:27

Thanks Dove - I've replied  

I'm just back from the nursery - they had loads, but I resisted temptation 

They're all beautiful nut - hederifolium is more suited to my conditions. I think if I buy coum again, I'll either have to have it in pots and overwinter it ( can't be a**ed with that  ) or buy it as an annual. 

Used some for the courtyard table thingy at last house when selling. Still have the alpine dish and the sempervivums  

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